Conor McGregor suggested he sees himself as the next lightweight champion in the aftermath of Charles Oliveira’s UFC 262 win.
Both ‘Notorious’ and Dustin Poirier offered their congratulations to newly crowned UFC lightweight world champion Oliveira, who knocked out Michael Chandler in the main event to succeed Khabib Nurmagomedov and become the 11th undisputed world champion at 155lbs.
It was a thrilling affair while it lasted in Houston, with Chandler applying the pressure and almost locking in a guillotine choke in the very first round.
Oliveira rallied well and tried several submission attempts of his won, before finding himself in a world of trouble as they returned to the feet nd Chandler landed bombs.
Yet ‘Do Bronx’ completely turned the fight around at the start of the second stanza with a devastating left hook finding the target as he secured the TKO finish with Chandler retreating to the corner.
Poirier was the first to take to Twitter to congratulate the new champion, saying: “Congratulations @CharlesDoBronxs you earned that the hard way!
“Head up @MichaelChandlerMMA highest of the highs and lowest of the lows.”
Following Khabib’s retirement, many assumed it would be Poirier who was crowned the new lightweight champion, yet he instead took the option to face McGregor for a third time after knocking the Irishman out in January.
And it did not take long for the ‘Notorious’ to offer his thoughts on social media as well.
“Congrats to Olivera [sic] on becoming the 11th UFC lightweight champion. Wonder who Twelve is…”
With a new champion in the division, the trilogy bout between Poirier and McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10 has even more significance as it could well determine the next challenger for Oliveira.
‘The Diamond’ may well have the advantage heading into the third fight after his stunning display on Fight Island, but McGregor has vowed to right the wrongs from the sequel to get back in the win column.